IMDB #14 (The rules states I must not talk about it)
I haven’t written an IMDB review in a few days.
Lets start off my next choice with one of the film’s most famous lines…
“Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!.”
Anyway, getting back to Fight Club. I haven’t read the book (it’s on my must read list) but I have read things from Chuck Palahniuk and those that have read his stuff can probably agree with me that his style is to shock. Fight Club the movie is pretty damn good. It must have been one of the very first films that use the “oh it was all in his/her mind!” plot twist. It is also one of the very few films I can stand watching Brad Pitt.
What I loved about the film is, the tone. In every aspect it was brilliantly done. From the whole lighting and images to the acting and the costuming, everything about Fight Club glides together flawlessly. Even Edward Norton’s flatness in his narration adds to his sense of non-existence.
Reese Witherspoon was originally the executives first choice to play Marla but THANK FREAKING GOD that she didn’t accept the role. It went to the Queen of Weird, Helen Bonham Carter. Living with Tim Burton must have rubbed off on her as she made Marla Singer the perfect imperfect character. Her frazzle hair, pasty skin and her natural look of a heroin addict made her that much more suitable for the role of a lonely misfit.
Edward Norton is a man that takes his craft seriously. That is why I worship him. He played the perfect social outcast who just wants others to validate his existence. When Tyler Durden walked into his life, The Narrator made everyone believe that somehow his life lit up just that little bit in his dark bleak world. Not to mention who can forget that image of him nestled in between Bob’s boobs. And I can’t deny Brad Pitt’s performance (no matter how much I don’t like his look) nor can I deny the fact that he went as far as to chip his front tooth to play the crazy uncontrollable Durden. Meat Loaf as Robert “Bob” Paulson is pretty hard to ignore too.
The casual conversations that each of the main characters have with each other never ceases to shock or stir the audience. From talking about “not getting f*cked like that since grade school” to rich women buying their own “fat asses” and rubbing it on themselves, the script is so magnificently dark that it takes a lot of guts to put it down on paper and spoken out on screen. It is not often that you see a film make the chaotic aspect of self-destruction and ending up in a shit hole look like such a party. Kudos to Palahniuk for the novel, Jim Uhls, David Fincher, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt for the script. It must have been hell fun to write while visualising how to make it as crazy and unpredictable as possible.
Throw everything above together, you get yourself a perfect mayhem!
I think I gave this movie a 7 on IMDB. It’s about a true con-artist/prisoner escapee and his determination to get out of jail to be with his lover Phillip Morris. It puts a lighter side to prison break for sure, unlike Shawshank Redemption and Prison Break series.
It’s typical exaggerated Jim Carrey film, but I guess that’s what everyone loves about him. He is quite entertaining to watch. He gives the whole movie a very upbeat feeling. I have a feeling if someone else was casted, it wouldn’t have the same effect and might actually be quite boring (this is based on the script and storyline). Then again, I’m biased. I like most of Jim Carrey’s stuff, he doesn’t make the exaggerated comedy corny. Just watching his facial expressions is entertainment on its own.
Though the story isn’t very in depth nor does it feel like it’s got substance, it’s an ok film to just sit through without feeling repulsed or bored. Personally, I don’t think it’s award worthy but if you want something different to watch, it is a good option. I think the major selling point is how it’s based on a true story..how can one man possibly think of so many ways to con his way out of prison. Now that is something worth watching!
I saw this movie twice. The first time, the special effects were like woah nice, and considering it was 3D as well. The second time I saw this movie was when I decided to take my parents to experience the 3D experience.
Needless to say, they didn’t really get the story and the special effects was the only thing this movie had going for it. My mum fell asleep and my dad was partial to the whole thing. At the cinema lobby when asked my parents what they thought, my mum asked one question: “Why were the people blue?” I asked her wasn’t she paying attention, that was when she admitted she was tired and fell asleep.
The second time I sat through it, I actually felt bored. I wanted to fast forward most of the whole thing. Come to think of it there was a whole half an hour that was extremely excruciating to sit through.
The story was pretty much a rip off of Pocahontas. It’s like ever since Judgement Day, James Cameron all of a sudden couldn’t really write scripts. To say this is ten years in the making, I bet during that time he didn’t write a second or third draft. It is certainly no surprise that it didn’t win any awards. Big budget = Big Gross Box Office. That is true to its form, along with James Cameron and the casts’ past credentials, this made movie somehow made epic headlines.
Though, I can’t say it was all bad. am Worthington was worth watching and even a blue Zoe Saldana. I did like the mindless action scenes. I guess that’s what Cameron does best. His motto: Just blow everything up (like True Lies - love that movie because you know what to expect) or just make a big fuss and use heaps of money while we’re at it!
In my heart, this movie is number 1. It is a crime that it’s not even top ten when it should be the first. Bias as it may sound, this is a great movie and a movie that truly deserves the box office it garnered, over 670 million USD not to mention the Oscars and awards.
I’m going to break down into points why this is such a great movie.
The Acting Tom Hanks is my favourite actor. I aspire to work with him even if it’s just to pick up his laundry, I’ll do it. His portray of Forrest is amazing. His face doesn’t even twitch when he’s in character and we all know how Forrest Gump is, he often does and says ridiculous things that make him that much loveable. Hanks really made you believe you were listening to a great story about a man’s life, a simple man who unknowingly experienced and achieved so many things in his short lifetime.
Sally Fields as the sacrificial mother who truly believes in her son. Sally Fields’ was able to make me feel the love she had for Forrest radiated out from her soul. When we talk about great sacrificial mum’s, they need not have to lift a car off her baby, their unspoken selfless and unconditional love is what makes being a mother so great.
I’ve always admired Gary Sinise. Even when he smiles he looks a little angry but ever since I saw him in Of Mice and Men (great book), I was taken by his talent. The fluctuating emotions that Sinise had to portray of Lt. Taylor must not have been an easy feat. From a happy and proud soldier to a broken man and back to a man who saw options in his life, the ups and downs of Lt. Dan Taylor would have been quite difficult to understand unless you’ve experienced it yourself. Whether Sinise has experienced any of Taylor’s life or not, he did a fine job.
I don’t have much overwhelming feelings about Robin Wright or her character Jenny but she was convincing and contributed to making the film near perfect. Though others rave about her.
Mykelti Williamson as Bubba. I was so surprised he was Chief Sinclair in CSI: NY hahaha. Williamson’s portrayal of Bubba completed Hanks’ Forrest. Like Forrest always says “Was like peas and carrots”.
Michael Conner Humphrey’s was a superb young Forrest. A child that separated life into things he understood and things he didn’t. I loved it when he made the sex noises when the principal of the school came out of his front door.
Another notable character was Haley Joel Osment. He is mentioned because he was just purely so adorable back then!
Techniques The technique of the film is so visibly pleasing. In every dark scene it manages to cling on to some image of hope. The lighting was never too gloomy or too dark or too moody in case it affected the feel of the movie by being overly drastic or dramatic. In the end the message to me was it’s a simple man’s not so simple story and I think some of the images and angles followed that same message. The most memorable part about the music was every time Forrest and Jenny shared moments together. The music just really spoke of their simple relationship.
The Story Forrest Gump is about a man’s life. He’s not smart and he knows it therefore he lives by trying to keep his life as simple as possible. If you love someone, show it. If you like to play ping pong, play it. If you just wanted to run, you don’t have to give a reason, just do it. Even though it seems a bit far fetched for a man to experience so much in his life without realising the importance of it, I personally believe this is where the gem of the story is.
I’ve seen this movie so many times and it never ceases to amazes me how it throws me into all sorts of emotions. Just when it is sad and heart felt, it flawlessly yanks you back out with a laugh. It literally makes you laugh and cry at the same time, being sad and happy at the same time. This film always tugs at my heart strings but it always manages to make me feel good in the end even though the ending is quite opened to interpretation.
The quote that defines the movie and Forrest’s life is Mama Gump’s famous words:
"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get."
To me the quote, coupled with Forrest’s life story, spells out the message: with such unpredicted complications in life, the answers we all seek usually is - keep things simple.
To others in the world Forrest is an idiot but I reckon he is the only one that sees things the clearest. His simple way of life, simple mind and simple principles allows him to distinguish what’s important while everybody else is too busy trying to sort out all the tangled strings in their complicated lives.
A man who only has an IQ of 75 is smarter than a man that has numerous degrees and makes billions of dollars. Why? Because he knows what makes him happy. Forrest’s happiness is Jenny, his mother, Bubba and Lt. Dan. These are the people that make Forrest happy, these are the people that he can see that makes him a person. While we’re all off worrying about our own self centred existence, Forrest Gump can clearly see what is important to him, the people that are closes to him and keeping his word.
Forrest’s way of life is contrasted with Jenny’s. Granted that Jenny might have had it a little bit harder than Forrest when she was growing up, but Forrest’s childhood wasn’t all peachy. She constantly ran around trying to “make herself” useful, trying to “find herself” but only always ending up miserable. She truly became happy when she finally truly understood Forrest in the end. Jenny equals people today, while Forrest is how everybody should aim to be.
So why is this a great movie? It kind of reminds us to breathe, take a step back and that the things we were taught and really believed in when we were children still applies. It’s just that as we grow up, we choose to hide ourselves in problems to seem important or purposeful. In reality who says keeping things simple and living our lives based on the principles we set for ourselves aren’t purposeful or important? Deep inside I have no doubt we all want simplicity no matter how exciting complications can be. If we take a page from Forrest’s book, maybe world peace might actually be possible.
P.S. Something I noticed at the end of the credits was the list of special thanks. There was soooooo many product placement within the film. I always watch out for them in movies so I can have a good laugh afterwards. The only ones I picked out in this film was a few obvious ones that was meant to be a gag or a joke. This is product placement at its best, the seamless transition was impeccable!
P.P.S. The ironic joke I quite liked was how Forrest, a simple person was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, the First Grand Wizard of the KKK (questioned) who complicated so many other people’s lives.
P.P.P.S Hail to the director and editors that substituted Tom Hanks into those historical clips of past presidents and celebrities. Totally LOL.
Lets start with the movie with the highest rating on the list. Written by Stephen King and script by Frank Darabont, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, this is a story that showcases many aspects of struggle, strength and determination.
Even though the film has been out since 1994, I’ve only seen it recently. It is a story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. In prison he meets a fellow inmate called Red (Morgan Freeman). Cutting a long story short, it’s basically about Andy’s long ass time in prison (over 20 years) and how he copes with his situation even though he knows of his innocence.
We follow Andy’s story by Red’s voice over narration. As Andy makes the best out of a bad situation, by the end of the film you cannot help but admire the man’s patience and determination.
Why does it have such a high rating? I’m not sure…like the Pianist and Schindler’s List I just can’t quite put my finger on why it’s such a great movie. Tim Robbin’s performance was not overly fantastic and everyone says Morgan Freeman was the star. But honestly, I just thought, Morgan Freeman was acting very much like the usual Morgan Freeman, the wise old man who talks slowly and appears to have a lot of life experiences hidden in his eyes. The story was paced very evenly without overly exaggerated ups and downs except the grand finale.The best thing I thought about the whole film was what an excellent job the cinematographer did in setting the mood. It was visually a great film. Nonetheless, it smelled like an Oscar movie.
Overall, seeing a man conquering a huge mountain with his bare hands is something worth watching.
I will be writing reviews based on what I (note the “I”) think of the films, just to give this blog some first hand material rather than the mountains of repostings I’ve been doing lately. I’ve seen 60 (might re-watch some since it’s been a while for a few of them) or so…but 190 something still seems like Everest. Oh I’m also doing this because I’ve ran out of TV shows to watch…Lil sad… <3